Save sea turtles in Uruguay at the research station in the province of Rocha


The research station is in Cerro Verde, in the province of Rocha. It is very close to the border with Brazil (about 25km), in the far east of Uruguay. Rocha is famous for its seemingly endless sandy beaches, great surf, unspoilt nature, and beach towns. The project is perfectly located if you want to combine it with a leisurely trip along the sunshine coast of Uruguay, or to embark on an exploration of Uruguay’s giant neighbour Brazil. The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo is 315km away and well connected by public buses.  You will travel by bus from Montevideo (about 5 hours bus drive).


What is the volunteer’s role?Avisamiento

The research centre’s main objective at present is to determine the approximate numbers and general habits of juvenile green turtles in the zone, and the volunteer’s role is to participate in the daily collection of data, following the guidance of the research co-ordinators.

This might involve:

• Spotting and catching juvenile turtles.

• Undertaking long beach walks to survey for turtles.

• Assisting the researchers conduct post mortem examinations on turtle remains.

• Helping to care for the recovering and rescued turtles and their pools.

• Guiding visitors around the research centre and explain its work.

• Participating in talks and workshops with local people and tourists on turtle release days.

• Keeping the research centre clean and tidy, and cooking for the researchers and other volunteers.

• Representing the turtles project in public events like Carnival (early February) and the annual Save the Sea Turtle festival (late March).

Part of the money volunteers contribute will be donated and used for vet medications, equipment, monthly expenses and general improvements of the facilities of the research station base.

Spanish course

Volunteers will complete an intensive Spanish course of two, three or 4 weeks at La Herradura school in Montevideo. It is important to have some Spanish in order to communicate with the other volunteers and the research station co-ordinators.


• While attending the Spanish course in Montevideo: Single room in the school residence with other students from the school. No meals are provided, but there is a fully equipped kitchen. (Double room is possible when students are travelling together). After finishing the Spanish course in Montevideo (2, 3 or 4 weeks), the volunteer will move to the research station in Cerro Verde.

Cerro Verde Team
• Accommodation at the research station: You will stay at the volunteers’ shared accommodation, a simple, rustic wooden house next to the research station. Shared rooms (4 volunteers per room). All meals are included and prepared by the volunteers. Domestic tasks such as dishwashing, cleaning of the cabins etc. will be organized as a rota. Drinkable tap water and internet available.


Please note:

• Volunteer without a Spanish course can only be booked if the student has a good intermediate level of Spanish. In th

is case a registration fee will be charged. Prices on request.

• Volunteering for a shorter period of time is possible. Prices on request.

• Double room can only be booked if travelling together with a friend.

• Accommodation runs from Sunday before the first course day until Saturday after the last course day.

• Shared apartment, apartment for private use and accommodation with a host family or in a hostel on request.

• Additional weeks are available. Prices on request.

• Volunteers will have one full day off per week.


Are you the person we are looking for? If you are dedicated, enthusiastic, ready for a challenge and keen to offer your help where it’s really needed, please contact us! An intermediate level of Spanish is necessary to communicate with your colleagues; no animal-handling experience is necessary as training will be provided.  You must be prepared to live in simple conditions in a remote and beautiful place, and have a decent level of physical fitness.


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